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A writer for a major British newspaper appeared to endorse former President Donald Trump’s longstanding allegation that his 2020 election opponent, Joe Biden, did not legitimately win the White House.
“So Trump was right,” Rob Liddle began in his piece for the Sunday Times. “The American public is slowly waking up to the fact that they are being led by an ineffectually devious, senile halfwit.
“Donald Trump is back in the lead in the opinion polls. Imagine how awful a president must be if people would rather that sack of meat with mittens were back in charge,” he continued.
“Soon the public will wake up to something even more unpleasant and sinister: that the last presidential election was a fraud, rigged by big business, the labor unions and, more than anything, the media and the tech companies,” Liddle noted further.
“If that election had taken place in any other country, it would have been called ‘unfree’. And, as more and more evidence emerges, it terrifies me that the same thing could happen here,” he predicted.
The Sunday Times piece isn’t the first from a major media outlet to suggest that some sort of behind-the-scenes operation took place during the election cycle last year to defeat the incumbent.
Time magazine published a report Feb. 4, roughly two weeks after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, under the headline, “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election,” laying out various details and aspects that certainly indicate a concerted effort to ensure a particular outcome, namely, defeating Trump, that involved giant corporations, big tech giants, and powerful labor unions:
Their work touched every aspect of the election. They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding. They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers, and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears. They executed national public-awareness campaigns that helped Americans understand how the vote count would unfold over days or weeks, preventing Trump’s conspiracy theories and false claims of victory from getting more traction. After Election Day, they monitored every pressure point to ensure that Trump could not overturn the result.
While aspects of Time’s report have been refuted, such as the claim that Trump was ‘assaulting democracy’ as president, Time’s report makes clear to Liddle that something happened that maybe should not have.
“What we didn’t know until we were told in February this year, courtesy of Time magazine, was that there actually was a conspiracy — a secret coalition of chief executives, labor unions, left-wing pressure groups, and media companies — to manage what information was available to the voting public,” Liddle went on. “Its aim, as The Wall Street Journal put it, was to ‘suppress unwanted elements of US political conversation’. What a wonderful phrase,” he wrote in the Times.
“Time magazine reported this as if the cabal — it called the arrangement a cabal — had been acting heroically,” he noted further. “To save the US public from making the same mistake again and electing that Brobdingnagian boor — and to do so by suppressing stories favorable to him.”
Liddle also cited Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, who reportedly worked behind the scenes as well to undermine his then-commander-in-chief.
“Now we discover that General Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, was also conspiring against the president,” Liddle wrote. “Twice Milley called Chinese diplomats to let them know that he would countermand any order from Trump to attack China — which seems to a lot of US conservatives to be an act of pure treason. Milley also went behind his president’s back to connive with the Democrat leader of the House, Nancy Pelosi.”
“The reasoning for this was that Trump was ‘unhinged’ — a familiar notion peddled by the media for the four years of his presidency,” the writer continued. “Was he? I don’t know. He didn’t seem terribly hinged to me, but then Americans rarely do. But more unhinged than your average American — or Joe Biden?”
“Whatever the case, that election one year ago was plainly rigged,” he argues. “Not by fraudulent postal votes. But by an affluent elite conspiring, brutally at times, to ensure that the American public heard only one side of the story.”